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EMS workers, council member honored for community service

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio Three emergency medical workers and a council member of the Greater Miami Valley Emergency Medical Services Council have been honored for their service to the community.

The three EMS workers received the 2007 Norma Dittrick Extra Measure of Service award for demonstrating professional integrity and competence, a commitment to EMS and improving the quality of prehospital care.

The council member was presented the Tom Long Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jacob King

Jacob King of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fire Department and Bethel Twp.-Clark County Fire Department was honored for making major contributions to the fire/EMS world for the two departments for which he works.

At the WPAFB fire department, he developed a paramedic program over the past eight years. As a result, the department now has eight paid paramedic positions.

King, who has worked with the Bethel Twp.-Clark County Fire Department for three years, has improved the care patients with cardiac issues receive before arriving at the hospital, therefore improving their chances for survival.

King, who is assistant chief, still responds and provides paramedic care in the field.

He has also promoted the Cardiac Alert! Program to Mercy Hospital in Springfield and is trying to get a similar program started in northern Clark County.

King has established a Cadet Program at Bethel Twp., and feels strongly about improving this program to give a little of what his mentor, Normal Dittrick, gave to him while they worked together in the Harrison Twp. Fire Department, according to his award.

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller of the Cedarville Twp. Fire Department has been with the department for nine years and became its first paid assistant chief in 2004.

He is committed to keeping his department and the area trained in all areas of fire service.

He has served as the commander at large incidents in the area, performing well under the stress of the situation. He has also served as the operations officer on the scene of both fire and EMS emergencies.

Miller offers knowledge, expertise and support to his department and surrounding departments. His award cited his outstanding selflessness, honesty, integrity, level of knowledge and dedication to his profession and community.

Josh Wilson

Firefighter/paramedic Josh Wilson of the Moraine Fire Department was honored for an incident that occurred May 28, 2006.

His medic unit was the first to arrive at a double stabbing, and Wilson evaluated the situation, took decisive action and gave clear direction to others under stressful circumstances.

While Wilson directed his partner to assess one patient, he assessed the other, who was semiconscious and extremely critical with at least nine stab wounds and significant blood loss. Wilson directed treatment, including airway stabilization, bleeding control and spinal immobilization, intervening directly by attempting to control bleeding with trauma dressings and bandages.

He started a second IV on the patient and checked the patient's back for injuries when the crew log-rolled him onto a blackboard. Wilson and his partner transported this patient two blocks to the CareFlight landing zone, ensuring the patient's airway stayed clear.

Due to paramedic Wilson's good judgment in a very stressful situation, he was able to save the life of another, according to his award.

Anne Boyd

Anne Boyd was awarded the Tom Long Lifetime Achievement Award for her involvement with the council for almost its entire 34-year history.

According to her award, in that time, she has had an unfailing good sense of humor, an ability to play well with others and absolute devotion to improving the quality of care for the prehospital patients in our region.

Throughout her tenure as EMS educator at Good Samaritan Hospital and Sinclair Community College, she has devoted thousands of hours in preparing annual training materials for council members, which has increased training provided to the thousands of prehospital care providers in the greater Miami Valley.

Boyd served as president of council in 1987. After her presidential term, she continued to work on the executive committee as the continuing education chairwoman.

In this past year, Boyd retired as chairwoman, but she continues to contribute as an at-large member of council.

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